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Full Time Faculty, Choral Conducting - Berklee

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Boston, MA
Position: Full Time Faculty, Choral Conducting
Deadline: January 1, 2022
Posted: November 5, 2021

Job Description / Duties

Boston Conservatory at Berklee invites applications for a full-time faculty position as conductor, teacher, and recruitment and advisory head of Choral Studies in the Music Division. The ideal candidate for this position will be a motivated, innovative professional who is committed to excellence in teaching, has a demonstrated record of musical engagement as a conductor and teacher, and enjoys working in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. This is a 9-month full-time faculty position with renewable contract; initial appointment to begin September 1, 2022. Compensation and rank are commensurate with professional experience.

Choral Studies at Boston Conservatory: Boston Conservatory’s Choral Studies Program comprises three ensembles for undergraduate and graduate singers: chorale (mixed voices); choir (treble voices); and Conductors’ Choir – a training choir overseen by this faculty member and conducted by the MM Choral Conducting students. The Choral Studies area constitutes a range of courses including Score Study classes, a 4-semester Choral Repertoire sequence, and Score Study Practicum courses. The choirs offer 6 full concerts each season, at least one with orchestra or large instrumental ensemble. Other projects vary and include the Living Voices/Living Song festival, an annual partnership with the composition department for student composers and an invited guest composer-in residence. The ensembles also participate in a range of festivals and choral gatherings throughout the year, as well as outreach and special events. In the 2021-22 season the ensembles will perform at the Eastern Division ACDA as well as in Boston’s world renowned Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Primary duties for this position include conducting one of the Conservatory’s large ensembles; teaching choral studies classes; overseeing and advising the MM Choral Conducting students; teaching private lessons to choral conducting students; guiding the work of the Conductors’ Choir; overseeing all aspects of the choral program including, with the chair and the dean, marketing and programming, overseeing all choral-area work study students, interacting with the large ensembles office, and as recruiting and advisory head, working with the Admissions Office toward recruitment for both the Choral Conducting MM and the BM Voice populations.

The successful candidate will have experience building and maintaining partnerships with local arts organizations to benefit the masters students in conducting as well as undergraduate voice students interested in further experience in ensemble performance. Other duties and responsibilities will be based on the candidate’s individual experience, along with areas of the candidate’s specialization. Service to the field is expected and will include active involvement in national professional choral/vocal organizations, presentat ions at conferences, guest conducting, and/or professional performing.

Required Skills or Training:
-High level conducting skills with choral and instrumental ensembles
-Advanced training in conducting pedagogy
-Advanced understanding of classical vocal training
-Advanced academic training in music history and music theory, and the ability to teach Choral Repertoire or Score Study courses
-Mastery of French, German, Italian and English lyric diction
-Mastery of additional language(s) a plus

Required Qualifications:
-Doctorate of Musical Arts preferred
-Minimum 5 years teaching in accredited Higher Education Institution or equivalent experience
-An openness to diverse musical styles and ways of learning/teaching
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
-Experience and willingness to work within a diverse faculty and student body

Submission Process:
***Electronic applications only. Please submit the following application materials in PDF or Word format at All materials should be uploaded to the Resume/Cover letter application section. Address your materials to: Music Division Choral Studies Faculty Search Committee, Attn: Michael Shinn, Dean of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Please Submit:
-Cover letter
-Curriculum Vitae
-One-page teaching philosophy
-Phone and email contact information for three (3) professional references
-1-2 videos of the candidate in rehearsal and performance, at least one with chorus and orchestra. The video(s) must be submitted via website link(s).

1) For full consideration, applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2022.
2) Incomplete applications will not be considered.
3) The position will remain open for applications until filled.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

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